Heller swoops on PwC for global GC

West Coast firm Heller Ehrman has managed to hire ex-PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) global general counsel Lawrence Keeshan barely a week after its London launch.

Keeshan will lead the firm’s international strategy from the firm’s San Francisco office and will sell its securities litigation practice overseas.

Keeshan told The Lawyer: “There’s been an uptick in non-US companies using US manners. I see opportunities coming from non-US clients to generate more work for the practice.”

Keeshan was forced to retire from his role at PwC on reaching 60, so decided to return to Heller, where he was a partner in the 1980s.

He joins as head of the firm’s securities litigation and regulatory practice after spending 11 years at the accountancy giant.

Keeshan will split his time between the firm’s San Francisco and New York offices, as well as monitoring the firm’s offices in Asia and London.

Last week Heller announced the launch of its threepartner London office, its first in Europe.

Keeshan said: “I’d be that person at the centre for the international practice. I’ll be participating in strategy development and ensuring the offices are integrated.”

He joins at a time when the firm’s securities litigation practice is booming, advising clients such as AOL Time Warner, Cisco Systems and Yahoo! The group has 70 lawyers and more than 30 clients.

Keeshan was a partner at Heller for eight years from 1980, leaving to join Gibson Dunn & Crutcher.

PwC has replaced Keeshan with Mayer Brown Rowe & Maw litigation partner Javier Rubinstein.